Good morning, everyone.
If you can make it out, join us for Bar Hours tonight at Lucky's 3 Star Bar in Wedgewood-Houston. The bar sits on 4th Avenue South heading away from downtown. While you're there and if you need assistance narrowing down what district you live in and what races you should vote in, we'll be set up to help you identify the positions and people running in your district. Crucially, the upcoming May primary contains the District Attorney race between incumbent Glenn Funk and the very woke Sara Beth Myers.
All practical political planning aside, these events are designed to be an open forum of discussion and an opportunity to meet like-minded people in the city. Hope to see some of you there. The first ten guests get drinks on the house.
Today, we look at the cost of a new or renovated Nissan Stadium, pick apart the US' abusive relationship with cheap foreign labor, and look at the widening political gender divide.
Thanks for reading.
⧖⧗⧖ Bar Hours ⧗⧖⧗
Join us! Tonight for our weekly forum at Lucky's 3 Star Bar. You'll encounter lively banter with some of the city's most radical, intelligent people on how to shake off the sloth of the modern era and recapture the vitality that made this country great.
Where? Lucky's 3 Star Bar in Wedgewood-Houston
When? Every Thursday from 6-8 PM
First ten people get drinks on the house!
❏ By The Numbers: Titan’s Stadium
Recently, the conversation surrounding the Titans stadium went from let’s do some stadium renovations to let’s build an entirely new stadium - but only if it has a roof. Though lacking resolve, the momentum surrounding the project is significant — at least from politicians. Where city and state leaders are seeing dollar signs, taxpayers and Titan’s shareholders are turning up their noses as they get the feeling they’ll be footing the bill — a notion planted in people’s minds due to conversations with Mayor Cooper, development in the East Bank set into motion by Metro Council, and Governor Lee’s recent $500M debt increase added to his budget proposal specifically for a new Titan’s Stadium. Let’s look at the Titan’s Stadium by the numbers.
ORIGINAL COST OF NISSAN STADIUM (1999)
- $290M ($451M adjusted for inflation)
COST OF RENOVATING OLD STADIUM (No Roof)
- Yes, billion with a B. Originally, city planners, Titans shareholders, and city officials only expected to pour about $600M into stadium upgrades. The reality on the ground told a different story.The price tag quickly soared to $1.2B which enticed city officials to explore alternative options — including building a whole new stadium with a roof (instead of just renovating the old stadium). Tennessee taxpayers were always part of the equation. The original plan had them contributing $300M. (More Info)
COST OF NEW STADIUM (with a Roof)
- Based on recent estimates, building an entirely new stadium with a roof would cost around $1.8B. Though it wasn’t the original idea, when you look at the $1.2B the old stadium would need in renovations, investing in an entirely new and enclosed stadium starts to make a bit more sense. (More Info)
Government officials will only cut deals regarding a new stadium if it has a roof, why? Easy: revenue. Large events, such as the Super Bowl, have specific qualifying guidelines. For example, the NFL will not allow a Super Bowl game to be played in an uncovered stadium if the average temperature of winter in the area falls below 50 degrees. This knocks Nissan Stadium out of the running. In areas that have covered stadiums or warm enough weather, Super Bowls have been hosted multiple times: New Orleans: 9, Miami: 10, LA: 7 (More Info).
The Bottom Line covered stadiums attract many large events that bring money into the state. Let’s look at the numbers.
REVENUE GENERATED BY SUPER BOWL HOST CITY
- $300M-$500M per Super Bowl (conservative estimate)
- Not only does hosting the Super Bowl generate revenue for a city/state when it comes to hotels, transportation, food, travel, etc., it specifically brings outside dollars into the state. It’s also worth noting that the NFL only has a handful of stadiums that fit their criteria. A city with the correct accommodations can attract a Super Bowl to their state multiple times. (More Info)
REVENUE GENERATED BY COMPARABLE EVENTS
- Revenue Generated by FIFA World Cup Finals Games: $695M (More Info)
- Revenue Generated by NCAA Basketball Championships: $70M-$200M (More Info)
- Revenue Generated by NCAA Football Title Games: $100M-$500M (More Info)
In an effort to capitalize on the recent popularity and draw that Nashville has as a city, it seems the cart has been put before the horse in regards to a brand new Titan’s Stadium. The way it’s going, it looks like taxpayers' heads might still be spinning as the Mayor cuts the grand opening red ribbon. If the project goes through, we can only hope it’ll end up being worth its weight in gold.
- Nashville SC sells out single-game tickets for home opener (Post) NSC announced on Wednesday morning that all single-match tickets for the club’s home opener sold out within minutes.
- Vanderbilt Professor Delivers ‘Dying Of Whiteness’ Lecture At Cornell (TCN) The Professor said that breakdowns in society, including around people’s decision not to wear a face mask during the COVID outbreak, were “flamed or obscured by racial tensions.”
- Community college enrollment lowest in decades (Channel 5) Enrollment at community colleges is the lowest it’s been since 2001, according to state data. Community colleges in Tennessee have 14,403 fewer students on campus compared to two years ago. Enrollment has declined 16% since 2019.
- Council OKs $7.5M in covid relief for childcare access (Main Street) The money went to United Way of Greater Nashville and the Raphah Institute. The funds will be used toward implementing a program aimed at increasing access for low-income families to already-existing childcare centers and supporting in-home child care providers.
- Senate Passes Bill to Stop Illegal Immigrants From Voting in TN (TCN) The bill expressly prohibits non-US citizens from voting in federal, state, or local elections in this state. It also prohibits local governments from granting non-citizens the right to vote in local elections.
- Proposed Legislation Would Tighten Police Control of Body Cam Footage (Scene) The bill would erect a blue firewall, effectively inhibiting efforts by victims of police violence, journalists or any member of the public to access data with “evidentiary value,” a broad term that applies to anything that could be used against an officer in court.
- Tennessee Mayors Say It’s Time For Tax Dollars To Stay In Their Cities (TCN) Local Tennessee mayors say it’s time for changes to be made to a 20-year-old state tax policy that siphons off sales tax dollars raised in their communities.
- Tennessee lawmakers close in on restricting out-of-state abortion pills, telehealth (WPLN) The bill requires the prescribing physician to hand the patient the medication. It criminalizes sending medications by mail or for pickup at a pharmacy.
- Gulch site eyed for tower sells for $18.5M (Post)
- Crying Wolf bar in East Nashville will not renew lease (Channel 5)
- Texas real estate company enters local market (Post)
- Historic downtown building listed for $8.5M (Post)
↪ MY STRANGE ADDICTION: CHEAP FOREIGN LABOR
It's no secret that American industry relies heavily on immigrant labor. Prior to Trump, the US welcomed roughly a million immigrants a year into the nation. Trump's tough stance on immigration followed by COVID-19 dropped immigration rates to a trickle leaving the US short 2.4 million immigrants of working age — about 1% of the total workforce — if 2017 trends had continued according to the WSJ.
The industries that rely the most on imported labor have been hit the hardest. For example, just over 25% of workers in the food services industry are foreign-born, and at present, the unemployment rate is over 10%. The food services tend to offer low wages, so the positions are only attractive to unskilled immigrants.
Construction is a notable exception with a workforce comprised of just under 30% foreign-born workers, but experiencing an unemployment rate of just 5%. Pay is higher in the construction industry which may explain why it's faired better than food services as more native workers are likely to take these jobs.
The heavy reliance of the restaurant industry on foreign labor may help explain why, even long after COVID restrictions have lifted, staffing shortages persist around the city of Nashville. The reliance of US industry on foreign labor is a systemic problem, but make no doubt about it, it is a problem. Within this context, the porous Southern border seems like an attempt to make up for lost time by rushing in a bunch of unskilled workers to take on the low-paying jobs that exist largely because of the nation's flimsy immigration policies. A vicious cycle.
Source: Add Declining Immigration to Problems Weighing on the Labor Market
WSJ, 5 April 2022, Read Online
➫ STATS OF THE DAY: WHO VOTES FOR WHO
Men and women are increasingly divided on who they vote for. Men overwhelmingly favor Republicans by an 18-point margin that has increased from just 4-points in 2018.
But the most shocking split is among women with college degrees. In 2010, Dems had a 10-point lead among women with college degrees; it’s now ballooned to 38 points. On the flipside, in 2010, Republicans enjoyed an 8-point lead among men without college degrees; it’s now 20 points.
Source: The gender gap in American politics is only getting bigger
NBC News, 5 April 2022, Read Online
⚔︎ MISSIVES ⚔︎
- 🇺🇦 President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine delivered a scathing speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, accusing Russia of a litany of horrors and questioning whether a world body that takes no action to stop a war serves any purpose.
- ⛔️ Lawmakers in Oklahoma on Tuesday approved a near-total ban on abortion, making it the latest Republican-led state to forge ahead with stringent abortion legislation as the Supreme Court weighs a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade later this year.
- 🇨🇦 Biden administration officials are seeking ways to boost oil imports from Canada, but with one big caveat—they don’t want to resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline that President Biden effectively killed on his first day in office.
- 🛢 Chief executives of some of the country’s largest oil producers Wednesday sought to deflect criticism from House Democrats for high energy prices, saying factors outside their control have kept gasoline at record highs and may still for months ahead.
- 📲 Twitter Inc. said it would appoint Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk to its board, bringing the billionaire social-media agitator inside the fold.
- 🥊 Boris Johnson has said he does not think “biological males should be competing in women’s sports”, as he set out his position on transgender issues. Mr. Johnson also said he thought it was important to have women-only spaces in hospitals, prisons and changing rooms.
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